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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: John Sumter Bull (Lieutenant Commander, USN, Retired)
NASA Astronaut

September 25, 1934, in Memphis, Tennessee, where his mother, Mrs. Charles M. Bull, resides.

Brown hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 11 inches; weight: 150 pounds.

Attended primary and secondary schools in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated in 1952 from Central High School; received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 1957; Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford, 1971; and a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University, 1973.

Married June 2, l964, to the former Nancy Laraine Gustafson of Seattle, Washington, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Gustafson, reside in Seattle.

Scott A., December 30, 1968; Whitney A., August 1, 1971.

Enjoys swimming and golf.

Member Society Experimental Test Pilots Member, Sigma Tau Engineering Fraternity Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Fraternity Member, Sigma Xi American Helicopter Society American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in February 1964, and was named "outstanding student" of his class.

Bull was assigned as a project test pilot in the Carrier Suitability Branch at the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, Maryland, March 1964 to April 1966.

He entered on active duty with the Navy in June 1957, and received his flight training at Kingsville, Texas.

From March 1959 to November l96O, he flew F-3 Demons while assigned to VF-121 and VF-92. He was subsequently assigned to VF-114 at the Naval Air Station in Mirimar, California, flying the F-3 Demon and F-4 Phantom II. He also served three tours on WESTPAC cruises aboard the carriers VSS RANGER, USS HANCOCK, and USS KITTYHAWK.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in February 1964, and was named "outstanding student" of his class.

He has logged more than 2,100 hours flying time, including 1,800 hours in jet aircraft.

Resigned from astronaut duty in 1968 due to pulmonary disease.

Bull is currently a member of the Guidance and Navigation Branch at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.


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